Leprechaun in the Hood

Year: 2000

Director: Rob Spera

Written by: Doug Hall, Jon Huffman

Threat: Leprechaun

Weapon of Choice: Four leaf clover laced doobie

Based upon: Original

IMDb page: IMDb link

      Leprechaun in the Hood

Other movies in this series:
Leprechaun 2
Leprechaun 3
Leprechaun 4: In Space
Leprechaun Back 2 tha Hood

The tyranist's thoughts
And a bad series gets worse. That pretty much sums up my feelings about this movie. If that was all you needed to know you should probably move on. Unless you're interested in the gore. What am I saying? You wouldn't be reading this if you weren't interested.
So we basically discard all the previous movies and their rules (this is actually standard practice in this series) and pick up in the 70's where a pimp and one of his lackeys are breaking in to a subterranean cavern conveniently located near a subway to steal the leprechaun's gold. Yes, the same leprechaun. Well, they succeed. Flash forward to the present where a group of struggling rappers are trying their hardest using a "positive" message. The pimp is now a very successful rapper who they happen to meet up with. One thing leads to another and they steal the magic flute that was giving the pimp his power. Now they are suddenly good (although you won't be able to tell it by listening to them) and the leprechaun and the rapper are independently after them. People die (off camera). Then comes the lamest ending yet.
I have some theories about how this movie got made. All of them negative. There is almost no gore, absolutely no onscreen violence, no nudity, and generally none of the things that make horror movies worth watching, like scares. There is an unusual amount of profanity. Maybe that is why it was rated R. Seriously, after watching it, I felt like it was made for cable and never aired there.
Okay, since you begged, here is my best theory about how this movie got made. Trimark was looking around for something to do for the next entry in their biggest franchise (Leprechaun, idiot). Simultaneously, a couple of young screenwrights came up with an urban warfare/black life/rapper movie that they thought had some serious potential. They shopped it around and word came back that no one was interested because there were too many of those already and this one wasn't that good anyway. Then Trimark stepped in. They picked up the script on the condition that they could make their little leprechaun movie out of it. Glad to get any kind of attention the young screenwrights agreed. So Trimark hands it over to the house writers and this piece of shit is turned out.
The problem is that I could really see the underlying story. It came out pretty clearly and to tell you the truth, even though it wasn't that good, it was probably better without the leprechaun in it.
So if you're being a completist (which, unfortunately, I am) check it out, but be warned. It is easily the worst entry in the series. Perhaps this one will make them stop.

Total Skulls: 26

Sequel skull
Sequel setup
Rips off earlier film
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title skullskull
Bad premise skull
Bad acting skull
Bad dialogue skullskull
Bad execution
MTV Editing
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex skull
Death associated with sex skull
Unfulfilled promise of nudity
Characters forget about threat skull
Secluded location
Power is cut
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door skull
Camera is the killer skull
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Victim locks self in with killer
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
Toilet stall scene skull
Shower/bath scene
Car stalls or won't start
Cat jumps out
Fake scare
Laughable scare skull
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence skull
No one believes only witness
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth
Music detracts from scene skull
Death in first five minutes skull
x years before/later skull
Dark and stormy night
Killer doesn't stay dead skull
Killer wears a mask
Killer is in closet
Killer is in car with victim
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unscary villain/monster skullskull
Beheading skull
Blood fountain
Blood hits camera
Poor death effect
Excessive gore
No one dies at all
Virgin survives
Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Unresolved subplots
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
Unbelievably crappy ending skullskull
What the hell? skullskull